@Elmer Phud Re: "Henry's mob came out of the boozer on a Friday night."
Given the widespread prevalence of dysentery amongst Henry's forces at the time I doubt that they would have been in any mood to "tie one on" before the battle.
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Given the widespread prevalence of dysentery amongst Henry's forces at the time I doubt that they would have been in any mood to "tie one on" before the battle.
I think that it is possible that your memory may be mistaken here, although the reality of what happened does not exactly polish the chivalric image that Heny V liked to cultivate either. Shortly before the French attack Henry ordered the execution (murder?) of the French prisoners that they had already taken because he feared that he could not afford the guards being unavailable for the battle and/or the prisoners being a security threat whilst the battle was in progress. This is a side of his reputation that is often ignored.
.......highly skilled archers behind stakes who were at the same time being protected by men at arms combined with knights who at Henry's insistence fought on foot to support this effort (the French were not ignorant of it, they simply believed that they could overcome it). In order to come at the English the French had to charge across very boggy ground (Henry chose where to make his stand very carefully, he was after all a professional warrior unlike later Kings) and were in practice sitting ducks for some of the very best field archers in Europe at that time.
Well done gentlemen - there is perhaps something to be said for some form of classical education!
"When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate."
........it is a sign of the times that I initially thought that "NATO, White House hackers tried to pwn MH17 air disaster probe" meant that Nato and the White House had tried to pwn the investigation until I read the main text of the article. The fact that that thought did not in any way surprise me says a great deal about the behavior of US security authorities in recent years and does not mean that I, at any rate, am on earners from Mr. Putin.
Indeed. There I feel Redmond have shot themselves in the foot by following Google's model. My point really is not in conflict with yours since I can well understand people feeling "well, who the hell should I choose then"?! It is not a good situation to be in where one in practice has little choice available in the market regarding something as important as privacy. One is in practice in the position of having to ignore it as a criterium when evaluating a purchase and that is not a healthy situation for the customer.
........in Win 10 (mobile or otherwise, Redmond should be ashamed of themselves).....
"The lumia 950 looks like a really good effort, but MS' new privacy politics (or lack thereof) don't inspire confidence. AND would require me to purchase around 100 Euro's worth of new apps."
........anyone claiming that Mountain View's os respects privacy to a greater degree than the latest iteration of Windows has clearly not been reading their memos. Just look at Android's system apps and what they do if anyone is in any doubt. They define the "ring home" concept.
Indeed. What they might mean by a strike could be something delivered from orbit.
Apple are a classic example of BigCorp. Are we actually surprised that they are without shame? Any company in the Western World would do what they are doing. The fact they they are fucking hypocrites after have sued Samsung largely for "look and feel" type patent breaches is neither here nor there. The BigBoys operate on what they can get away with. The only question they ask their legal departments is "can anyone what successfully sue/prosecute us". They are, none of them, interested in ethical conduct. The system stinks.
The understatement of the millenia.
.......charged it to your account.
You do of course open them in a glove box under argon?
Indeed, I agree. The analogue IMO is what happened when MS launched Win 7. For the first time they issued an OS that did not automatically mandate a hardware upgrade (as long as your existing box was decent - not cutting edge). This has been the case since. As far tablets are concerned the limit on upgrade pressure is what these devices are typically used for - light browsing, e-mails etc. The result is of course that tablet that are not absolute crap remain usable for a several years. We are now beginning to reach the same point with mobile phones, especially those from the mid-range and upwards. The situation within the mobile market in the US (as you point out) is somewhat "special". IE. (In my opinion) the near cartel conditions in that area in the US, although there are some indications that this may begin to change. I have the feeling that the tech market is going to have to accommodate some considerable shocks in the not too distant future when the mass market element of it slows down right across the board.
Thumbs up for the reference to our beloved Sir Terry Pratchet.
........"we won't/don't want to build seriously good/imaginative premium kit and we certainly don't want anyone else to do so either!"
"Gadget perks have replaced car perks. Everyone I know who has a Surface Pro likes it, but in every case they’re either borrowing it, or it was bought for them."
What is true for the Surface Pro* is even more true for the Surface Book. Here Microsoft is not only trying to benchmark/set its footprint on the premium end of the market, it is, with the Surface Book, producing the "status lappie" for the "managerati" with the intention of making them adherents of a Win10 device as a status symbol contra a high-end MBP. How often have we seen directors/senior managers carrying highly specced MBPs when they in reality have no need for that level of kit in their hands on work? They are status symbols ("I deserve this" "it validates me") - Redmond is trying to ensure that it is their status symbol that gets carried into boardrooms throughout enterprise. How far they will succeed is of course another question.
* Admission: Both La Senora and I own Surface Pro 3s - although we bought them ourselves. :P
What actually amazes me is that she managed to say that without even blinking given that she certainly has heard of these issues. Takes a very strong stomach etc. etc.
The Surface Book is not remotely aimed at the general retail market - this is very high end premium kit (and at that price point it frakking well should be!). In my opinion it is aimed at, amongst others, the following:
1. CAD professionals
2. Top flight graphic artists (who might otherwise buy Wacom kit, for example)
Just two examples, there are several others that come to mind. Also let us not forget its importance to Redmond as a willy-waver for senior members of the "managerati" who want to have kit that gives them bragging rights amongst their peer group whilst getting Win 10 into as many boardrooms and senior managerial offices as possible.
In my personal opinion it is a very fine piece of kit, enterprise kit.
A E Van Vogt included the original in his compilation of novellas "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" in 1950. He had in fact already written the novella concerned, "Discord in Scarlet", for the Dec 1939 edition of "Astounding Magasine". I fear that both the Alien and Dr Who franchises were well and truly beaten to the punch by one of the greats from Sci-fi's "golden age".
The guy is truly barking. See icon.
Apart from the clear intention of the "gentleman" concerned to avoid oversight (which I agree with you was his clear aim) I would hesitate to suggest that "some morals" can only be found in Europe. Indeed I often wonder what happened to morals in the Western World as far as "doing business is concerned". We have after all seen far too many examples of Western companies who are very willing to go along with local "custom and practice". Indeed we have from time to time seen examples of said companies using the same tactics here in the "First World" - hmmm?
Very good point. The increase in battery life has to be on a scale (if one is going to make a marketing point of it) that it is actually noticed by the punter and perceived of as a genuine and useful increase. Otherwise the company concerned may risk a backlash from their customer base if the increase is in practice invisible to said customers. The practical reality is I suspect that there has to be something of a significant leap forward (as you outline) before the marketing department can start
mouthing off raising the profile of the given device's battery life when designing their advertising campaign.
I suspect that it is just you old chap. Whilst MS fucked up big-time with Surface RT and to a large extent with Surface Pro 1 & 2 (leading to a gigantic inventory write-down) they have been doing very respectable business with both Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 (the latter based on an Atom CPU, both of them x86 devices running a full desktop OS which is after all one of the points in this article).
Thank you. I am relived that somebody spotted my little play on words (worth) - it does of course not surprise me in the circumstances that it was you!
Your words are certainly worth an upvote old chap.
I installed this build on a Lumia 640. The feature referred to seems to work extremely well. It is certainly of use on any phone 5 inches or over.
"A good few people"? It will indeed in all likelihood be very few people in - in reality. Most will think, if they consider the question at all "well most of the "opposition" are equally guilty and I don't understand what Linux is." Among techies it is possible that some will take that decision. However, ordinary punters won't even consider the question - whether the "cognoscenti" like it or not. Sorry guys, the FarseBook and Twatter generation do not share your concerns.
No old chap they are not. Neither I or Madam Fox have bought Apple kit the last twenty years but that had nothing to do with it being "shit" as hardware. That kind of reflexive tribalism gives us the bends. We chose quite simply not to buy into their "ecosystem" because it does not suit us. Here at Arctic Fox towers we have a Lumia 1020, a Sony Xperia Z2, a HTC Desire X and a Lumia 640. We are a reasonably eccumenical household and we judge things by our user case. I do not care whether the insults posted involve such epithets as "Crapple", "Sheeple", "Windoz", "Micro$oft" or whatever other types of football-supporter-idiocy certain commentards come up with - we do not use that kind of braindead language here.
.................feel free to repeat them here."
Wasting your time unfortunately - that poster is too busy uploading his own here.
Just refer to it on every possible occasion as the iSurface whenever the "goons" are within earshot!
You felt that you had to post that as an AC? Dear me. You could not work out that I was responding to his snotty attitude to "The Great Unwashed"? Well that says more about you than it says about me. Moreover, I have a sneaking suspicion that you might be the same guy responding in the third person behind the aforementioned AC-mask.
Nonetheless, thumbs up for a very witty and thoughtful comment.
I am afraid old chap that any one who writes "the hoi polloi" without realising that "hoi polloi" means "the people" (and has therefore written "the the people") has demonstrated that he should be careful about making patronising references to them.
"Concerned that unilateral American government access to data stored in Europe could frighten off European business, 30 tech companies including Verizon, Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Salesforce, HP, eBay, Infor, AT&T and Rackspace, have directly or indirectly weighed in on the side of Microsoft."
Frighten off European business? It won't just be European business but business on a global basis. One of the few remaining areas in modern enterprise where the US has a big lead and the NSA and other Federal authorities seem intent on destroying it. What's the old saw? "With friends like that you don't need enemies."
..........defending the US regard it as their right/duty to piss all over the constitution of their country. How is it that they do not understand that they are on their way to destroying that which they claim they wish to defend?
If you really believe that the Obama presidency can in any sense be described as "left leaning" then you are a total political illiterate. Or you are so right-wing that you are absolutely barking. Say hi to your homebois Ghenghis and Attila next time you guys chew the fat.
And so they should have been! See icon
"So Mac-only software makes a lot of sense."
........I did not have to google that one. The reason being that IT here at Uni arranged for a new one to be installed recently - I read the memo for once!
.........."That's why any decent DR plan will include....."
Although honesty compels me to admit that, being a lowly organic chemist, I had to google that one before I got the joke!
You intend of course to immediately throw your android/iOS shiney down the khazi right now hmm?
Indeed. What's the old saw? "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Obsession #1 The Demon Drink
Prohibition was the greatest gift to organised crime ever. It provided the Mafia in the twenties with its start-up capital in the form of a multimillion dollar business.
Obsession #2 Reds under beds
Although the FBI were in fact having some success against the Mob by the time WW2 broke out the anticommunist hysteria from the middle 1940s to the end of the 1960s meant that the entire efforts of the bureau were directed against red phantoms with Hoover at one stage even trying to deny that the Mafia existed. At the same time the OSS (Office of Strategic Services - the forerunner of the CIA) sent crime boss Lucky Luciano back to Italy after the war with a case full of money to finance the Italian Mafia as a counterweight to the Italian communist party! That laid the foundations for the cooperation between the Syndicates Italian and American branches with regard to, amongst other things, the large scale importing of heroin into the US.
Two different obsessions at different times synergising meant that the Syndicate in practice went unchallenged by US law enforcement until the 1970s.
Will it? You seem to have a very low opinion of the noble brotherhood of sysadmins. If I a mere organic chemist was turning off those settings the moment they popped up in the preview builds I am certain IT professionals will know how to do so. Companies may or may not go over to Win 10 but those who do not will take that decision for far more cogent reasons than defaults you can turn off.
If I ever found an MBA at our place I'd be rubbing it with garlic and holy water - you can't be too careful.
If any sysadmin in a company that I was the CEO of set up such a device using "express settings" instead of the slightly longer route by which you can turn off all the offending defaults before you have even finished setup, he would be exiting the building carrying his desk contents in a dustbin liner so fast his head would spin. So no, it is not going to be allowed to call home from any company with a competent IT-dept.
..........I would have been much more supportive of this line had you and other authors been a touch more critical at a significantly earlier stage in the context of Google/Apple etc with regard to precisely this issue given the comprehensive hosing you are now giving Redmond (literally on a daily basis). Yes, MS must be challenged over this but I am left feeling that it is only because MS is now climbing on this bandwagon (more shame on them) that El Reg has suddenly woken up. I am not impressed.
It is indeed rather easier to find than the article gives the impression of. Turning it off was one of the first things I did followed rapidly by switching off the setting for web search when you use the search icon. (Just go in to "*Cortana and Search" in settings). 'When I want to search the web I'll open my browser, when I want to search my pc that is what I want to do without some gigantic list of pointless web hits confusing the issue. If they activate Cortana here in Norway she'll get switched off on my machine - that I can promise you. If you go into "settings", "privacy" and finally "general" you will find a great deal you may wish to evaluate turning off. Final tip if you have Win 10 installed on a tablet (Thinkpad 8 HD in my case) and you do not want Win 10 booting to tablet mode by default just right click on the tablet mode button in the notification centre and the link you will see takes you straight to the page in "settings" where you can change the default.
Thank for that old chap. I howled with laughter at the image of someone discovering that their super expensive Tesla shiny suddenly sounds a 1960s Tonibell van!
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